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pain returning after surgery

NoraNNora Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:50 AM in Recovering from Surgery
My husband just had a procedure for cervical stenosis replacing a vertebra with a titanium disk. I'm not sure what the procedure is called. It was early on Thursday morning. He felt great immediately after. All the pain was gone. It seemed like a miracle. He didn't sleep the rest of Thursday or that night. Last night he did go to sleep but he woke up about 3:00 a.m. and said the pain in his arm [that he had before the surgery] had returned. He decided to go back to sleep and see how it feels in the morning. Now it's the morning and it not only still hurts but he could barely move around in the bed. What's going on???? I told him we have to call the doctor but he doesn't want to yet, he thinks it's too early, so I gave him a deadline of 10:00 [it's about 9:00 right now].


  • Just call the Doctor. That's what you paid them for.

  • Yes, give the doctor a call. Any of us that have had surgery(s) knows that many times the pain gets worse before it gets better, but it's always best to hear that from your doctor. Like Dave said, that's what you pay them for.

    Please keep us posted.
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  • Stenosis means basically compression. So your hubby has his nerves trapped between the cervical vertebrae and disc. Once the nerve is freed it can improve right away, improve slowly over months , or misfire so to speak. So the pain leaving and then coming back several times is not out of the ordinary, but call the Doctor just to be for sure.

    If you want a Good Visualization, think of a Garden hose thats turned on and you Kink it. Water begins to spray from all of those minuscule cracks, and it bulges up with the excess water that can not escape. Now when you let it go, water sprays everywhere!

    That's what his nerves are doing. Releasing water/electrical activity in a crazy pattern. Eventually they will settle down.

    ;) Hope that helps

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